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Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo. Affleck also directed the film, which is based on events surrounding the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. Keith Bernstein/Warner Brothers hide caption

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An illustration shows heretics being tortured and nailed to wooden posts during the first Inquisition. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with the film Quartet. He has starred in such classics as The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer and Tootsie. Kerry Brown/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo. Affleck also directed the film, which is based on events surrounding the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. Keith Bernstein/Warner Brothers hide caption

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George Saunders' previous books include In Persuasion Nation and The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. Basso Cannarsa/Courtesy Random House hide caption

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Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, has retired. He'll start working with the Center for American Progress, a progressive research and policy organization, on issues of faith and gay rights. BProud Photography/Knopf hide caption

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There are those who say the phrase "the whole nine yards" comes from a joke about a prodigiously well-endowed Scotsman who gets his kilt caught in a door. iStockPhoto hide caption

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Lena Dunham's series Girls, which follows the lives of a group of young women in New York City, returns to HBO this month. Jessica Miglio/HBO hide caption

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Girls has been compared to Sex and the City. The characters, played by (from left) Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet, navigate the ups and downs of life in New York City. HBO hide caption

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Bobby Cannavale (right) stars in Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway. Cannavale has also starred in television shows such as HBO's Boardwalk Empire and in films such as The Station Agent. Scott Landis/JRA Broadway hide caption

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Connie Britton (pictured) and Hayden Panetierre star as country singers of different generations on the ABC series Nashville. Courtesy of ABC hide caption

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